Season Expanded to Include Special Fall Event, Into Africa’s Okavango: Measuring a Mighty Wilderness
National Geographic Live has announced the 19th season of its Seattle Speaker Series at Benaroya Hall. Demand for the National Geographic Live series at Benaroya Hall in Seattle has grown each year and this expanded 2015–2016 season begins three months earlier than previous years.
The longer season kicks off on November 1 with a 2 p.m. matinee in the large S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium with Into Africa’s Okavango: Measuring a Mighty Wilderness, featuring National Geographic explorers Steve Boyes and Jer Thorp. Two additional evening presentations of Into Africa’s Okavango will be held November 2 and November 3 at 7:30 p.m.
In Into Africa’s Okavango: Measuring a Mighty Wilderness, National Geographic explorers Boyes, a conservation biologist, and Thorp, a data artist and educator, discuss their experiences over two consecutive summers leading a “live-data” expedition across Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Boyes, a South African conservationist dedicated to preserving rare birds, learned about the Okavango from the Bayei Bushmen. Multi-disciplinary artist Thorp gives meaning and narrative to data through the creation of visualizations, sculpture, performance and interactive tools. Combining dugout canoes and GPS, and sharing all their data in real time, their team traversed this challenging wetland filled with elephants, lions, hyenas, hippos and crocodiles – while thousands around the world followed online.
This past summer, Boyes and Thorp conducted a mega-transect of the Delta, originating in Angola and flowing across the Kalahari Desert. The goals: to capture even more data about a region that Steve aptly calls “the beating heart of the Kalahari” and to convince the governments of Angola and Namibia to safeguard the waters leading into the Delta, which harbor and protect some of the planet’s most varied and abundant wildlife.
The National Geographic Live Seattle Speaker Series continues in January with an exciting lineup of talks from explorers, scientists, archaeologists, and photographers, each sharing stories from the front lines of exploration. Award-winning video and digital images animate the presentations, which conclude with a question-and-answer session with audience members. After most events, speakers will be on hand to sign copies of their books or DVDs.
Single tickets and the six-show subscription package are on sale now. Single tickets start at $26 for adults and $20 for students. Visit benaroyahall.org or call 206.215.4747 for more information. The Benaroya Hall Ticket Office is on the corner of Third Avenue and Union Street. Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.